This Release is Partially Courtesy of Wesleyan University Sports Information
IDDLETOWN, Conn. - First-year Jack Fitzgerald scored twice for the Purple & White, but a late goal by the Cardinals lifted Little Three rival Wesleyan University over the Amherst College men's ice hockey team, 3-2, Saturday evening.
Wesleyan (2-8-7, 2-3-6 NESCAC)
Amherst (6-7-4, 4-4-3 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wesleyan scored twice in the opening period, a key power play goal at the 6:32 mark, to take a 2-1 lead into the second stanza.
- Fitzgerald evened the score a 2-2 midway through the second stanza, but a goal by Jaren Taenaka with 1:46 remaining in the game sealed the win for th Cardinals.
- Cardinals net minder Dawson Sprigings made 21 saves between the pipes in the victory, while Connor Girard' 18 made 24 saves for the Purple & White in 40:42 minutes in goal.
- The Cardinals were first on the scoreboard with a power play with a goal by Chad Malinowski 6:32 into the first stanza.The goal came off of passes by fellow freshmen Andy Espinoza and Vincent Lima.
- Amherst tied the game at 1-1 less than a minute later as Fitzgerald sent a shot over the glove of Sprigings. Captain Connor Brown '16 and Chris Roll '17 were credited with the assists on the play.
- The Cardinals would regain the lead with 5:31 remaining in the first. Terence Durkin scored his first goal of the season on the play, deflecting Robbie Harbison's shot past Cunningham.
- Amherst evened the game for the second time midway through the second stanza. Fitzgerald netted his second goal of the game on the play while Roll and Will Vosejpka '18 earned the assists.
- Taenaka scored the game winning goal with 1:46 remaining in the matchup, collecting a pass from Andy Espinoza and rifling a shot into the back of the net.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- This was the Cardinals first win over Amherst since Nov. 22, 2008 when Wesleyan edged out Amherst 1-0 at Spurrier-Snyder Arena.
- The Cardinals are right back at it tomorrow as they take on Hamilton at 3 p.m.
- Amherst travels to Hartford, Conn. to take on Trinity College in a conference matchup on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m.